Alexei Navalny called on his supporters on Tuesday to mobilize before the legislative elections in Russia in SeptemberAfter the government of Vladimir Putin Block dozens of portals associated with your movement.
Russian Internet regulator, RoskomnadzorOn Monday, 49 portals linked to Navalny, especially its main site, were blocked. navalny.com; Anti-Corruption Fund (FBK) and its regional offices.
The FBK, known for its investigations into the life train and alleged embezzlement of Russian elites, and the regional offices responsible for organizing demonstrations and campaigning for the opposition, The Russian judiciary declared them “extremists” last June.
According to the opposition leader’s allies, the only web page that is still accessible is the page dedicated to “Smart Voting‘, a technique promoted by Navalny consisting of Vote for any candidate capable of defeating the United Russia party in power, whatever their political orientation.
In a message recorded from the prison colony where he was held and posted on Facebook, Navalny urged his supporters to download the “smart voting” app that also allows users to read the content of his currently banned main portal.
“What a pleasant experience,” the opposition leader wrote, referring to the blocking of web pages. “Let’s join in and give a good kick to United Russia, the Kremlin and Roskomnadzor”, he suggested.
“Let’s show that we will not allow officials to enforce their law on our beloved Internet,” he added.
Previously, Leonid Volkov, one of Navalny’s closest allies, said so The Russian regulator wanted to block channels owned by the opponent on YouTube.
YouTube is the most consulted platform for the anti-corruption investigations of Alexei Navalny and his team., such as the one that appeared in January, which accused President Vladimir Putin, To take advantage of a luxurious “palace” on the shores of the Black Sea.
The video has been viewed 116 million Times on YouTube Putin was forced to deny the information.
“According to the decision of the Attorney General, 49 (!) portals (for the Internet) were blocked at the same time”Volkov wrote on Twitter, specifying that among them were the Navalny website and those of his main organizations, which were deemed “extremist” by Russian justice last June.
According to Volkov, who was exiled in Lithuania, the measures seek to further impede the activities of Navalny supporters in the face of Parliament elections September, in the context of the growing unpopularity of the ruling party, United Russia.
“But soon we will tell you how we can overcome this.”, to caution.
in June, The Russian judiciary described the organizations of Alexei Navalny, 45, as “extremists” and ordered their liquidation.
In Russia, collaborators with formations are considered “extremists” They are subjected to severe prison sentences and are prevented from running for elections, under a law enacted by Putin in June.
The portals related to Navalny were then closed Several months of suppression of the Russian opposition, by referring the opponent to a penal colony as part of a case, according to Navalny, that would be politically motivated.
Chairman of the Navalny Anti-Corruption Fund, Ivan Zhdanov, It was Listed on the Internationally Wanted She was subjected to several criminal investigations.
Last week, a Moscow court extended the house arrest of a spokeswoman for Navalny, Kira Yarimsh, for six months. She has been under house arrest since February after authorities accused her of violating coronavirus restrictions in a protest in support of Navalny.
This month, A legal group that defended Navalny’s organizations said that It was dissolved for fear of criminal penalties.
The last investigation published on the Navalni website before its siege was related to the alleged work of the family of the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Russian Parliament Vyacheslav Volodin, pointing to the gate Jellyfish.
(With information from AFP)
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